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Paul's Note - February 28, 2020

Although there are no confirmed cases in Pima County, I’ve gotten questions about coronavirus. There are two things that I as a policy maker can do wrong: over-react and under-react. I don’t want to do either, but I do want to let you know what your local government has been doing to prepare.

Coronavirus is also known as 2019 novel coronavirus or SARS CoV-2 and was first detected in China’s Hubei province in December. As many of you have heard, it has spread to other countries, including the United States.

Broadway to Close East of Euclid Avenue on Sunday

Broadway Boulevard will be closed from Euclid Avenue to Santa Rita Avenue on Sunday, March 1, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., while crews remove two overhead sign structures in the area. North and south traffic through Broadway at Tyndall, Park, and Fremont avenues will not be permitted.

Motorists and bicyclists traveling eastbound and westbound can use 10th Street as a detour. Officers will be in the area to help direct traffic around the closure.

Annual Peace Fair Tomorrow

Tucson's 38th annual Peace Fair will be held tomorrow, Feb. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Armory Park, 222 S. 5th Ave. The event is free and open to everyone.

This year’s fair will have an immigrant-welcoming theme and will feature live music, entertainment, children’s activities, raffle prizes, food trucks, and vendors. It's Arizona's largest gathering of peace, justice, and environmental groups.

For more information, call (520) 468-5805.

Purchase Recycled Paint to Benefit Beacon Group

Beacon Group has 5-gallon colored, recycled, latex paint for $15 available for public purchase. White paint is $35 for 5 gallons. Paint may be purchased at Beacon Paint Center, 2700 N. Stone Ave., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Used paint is collected through the City of Tucson’s Household Hazardous Waste Program. Beacon Group workers remix and recycle the paint, which is EPA-compliant and environmentally friendly. Proceeds from sales directly benefit Beacon Group programs.

Half Staff Notification - Officer David Kellywood

Governor Doug Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, February 29, 2020, for the interment of White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood.

Officer Kellywood was killed in the line of duty while responding to a report of gunshots fired south of Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona. Officer Kellywood joined the department nine months ago after graduating from the police academy. Born in McNary, Arizona, Officer Kellywood was a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

Ward 4 Spring Town Hall - Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Council Woman Nikki Lee is postponing the Ward 4 town hall previously scheduled for March 26, 2020. We are working on alternative ways utilizing technology to host community engagement forums virtually to ensure we are keeping our community safe. While we are working on an alternative forum, we encourage you to email any questions you may have had to

Mayor and Council Vote to Continue Every Other Week Recycling Program

Recycling collection in the City of Tucson switched from every week to every other week on Sept. 30 as a pilot program, and the Mayor and Tucson City Council last week voted unanimously to make that schedule permanent.

Residents are urged to work on reducing and reusing before recycling, but those who need a second recycling bin can request one by calling Customer Service at 791-3171.

Free Health Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation will host their annual health fair on Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.

The fair will focus on providing free health services and information to the public. Screenings will be offered for osteoporosis, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, breathing, vision, and medication reviews.

City Hiring Civil Engineers

The City of Tucson is recruiting registered professional civil engineers to join its Water department. Duties include managing water infrastructure projects, reviewing and administering contracts, preparing and monitoring project budgets, and interacting with the public, contractors, and consultants.

Applicants must be registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Arizona. They must also have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of engineering experience.


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